Assess the State Courts’ Role in the Effective Interstate Placement of Children

      Wisconsin has received federal support for its Children’s Court Improvement Program (CCIP), a program which helps state courts improve their foster care and adoption laws and judicial processes. Each year, states receiving CCIP grant monies must submit program reports that assess not only the processes that have been completed but also their effect on children’s safety, permanency and well-being. From 2007 to 2012, HZA received contracts to develop a series of outcomes by which Wisconsin’s CCIP would be measured. Applying some of the key measures from the Child and Family Services Review, HZA found that results were improving over time.

      Reassessment of Court Performance in Children in Need of Protection or Services Cases

      HZA was contracted to conduct an assessment of the State Courts' role in the effective interstate placement of children. Due to the many complex requirements and regulations involved in interstate placements, constant process assessment and evaluation are important to ensure that procedures are both up to date and relevant. HZA documented existing interstate placement procedures with a special emphasis on the procedures used to exchange information with out-of-state courts, agencies and families. HZA also conducted an assessment of both Wisconsin's compliance with existing state and federal laws, including the Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the effectiveness of the existing interstate placement process. HZA offered specific changes to improve compliance with relevant statutes and outcomes for children in interstate placements.

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